Located amid rich silver mining veins, the colonial mountain town of Taxco, often referred to as ‘the silver capital of the world’ is famous for its centuries-old jewelry-making tradition. At one time, the Taxco silver jewelry smith culture was disappearing before the world’s eyes due to the advent of war and revolutions. It wasn’t until the arrival of US architect and designer William Spratling in 1928 that Taxco jewelry history was restored. Spratling caught wind of the skilled craftsmanship that once filled the streets of Taxco and reopened many of the silver mines that had been closed. He then located artisans who still practiced the ancient craft and encouraged them to teach others. At that time, Taxco’s silver jewelry tradition was based on Mexico's pre-Hispanic art and traditional designs. Today, Taxco Mexican jewelry features contemporary styles as well, including modern necklaces, exquisite cuff jewelry and Taxco earrings. Browse through NOVICA's Taxco jewelry gallery to discover the distinctive handcrafted beauty of silver mined in Mexico.